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Our Nordic Christmas Table: Gather & Feast
Holiday gathering recipes by The Nomadic Wife | Emilie Iggiotti Photography

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I'm at the stage of my life where, with our first baby on the way, I'm considering deeply what it means to have family traditions. I'm trying to be mindful of keeping a thread that links back our roots while developing new traditions that are, dare I say it, better aligned with our lifestyle.

 
Christmas Tablescape | The Nomadic Wife | Photography By Emilie
Christmas Tablescape | The Nomadic Wife | Photography By Emilie
 

Make new traditions.

From my past, I bring forward some quintessential Canadian Christmas dinner traditions. At the center of it all is the act of gathering as many people as I can until our home is bursting at the seams. I adore when people I know & love congregate around a table laden with tourtière, currant sauce, Hasselback potatoes on the side, sugar pie & pouding chômeur. While some things need to be left as they were 50 years ago — such as the perfect roasted turkey — I'll admit to having added my own twist to many of these recipes.

Being the slightly more conscious eater now than my mother was at my age, I've started to include large salads & other veggie-filled sides in our holiday feast. It fills my plant-based heart to the brim to see brightly colored veg mixed into the the more traditional dishes of my past.

Who says you can’t have kale salad or green juice during the holidays?

Friends from far & wide

Christmas has a knack for stirring the pot for many of us. Most of our friends here in the city are transplants just like us and spend Christmas far from those they hold dear & wish to break bread with the most. However, I must admit that I have grown to love the delights of sharing our holiday table with friends, old and new, who've come from near and far to share a meal & bask in the holiday vibes.

There’s something quite wonderful about growing a new family in a different city.

I try to see the beauty in every aspect of the holidays and extend a heart filled with love to those who struggle with the season. I’ve been there, in that place where it seems like the holidays will never be the same. It’s for these people, and our nostalgic friends, that I open our home in an attempt to to keep the magic and whimsy of it alive. So here’s to gathering as many of your loved ones as you can & celebrating the heck out of the holidays, no matter what past years were like.
 

 
Christmas Tablescape | The Nomadic Wife | Photography By Emilie
 

Abundance & Feast

Despite coming from simple roots, the feeling of abundance was always present around the Christmas table, so I've made a point to keep it overflowing.. only with healthier options than its vintage counterpart.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas recipes for you to try & perhaps spark the beginning of a new tradition of your own.

 

WANT TO TRY SOME EASY HOLIDAY DISHES? CHECK OUT THESE EASY RECIPES:

Decadent Mayan Hot Cacao - Boozy or plain holiday treat
Mayan Hot Cocoa by The Nomadic Wife | Emilie Iggiotti Photography

Article featured in YEG Inspired Magazine | Props by Shop Hearth | PHOTOS BY EMILIE IGGIOTTI


 

Spiced & boozy hot chocolate

I'm always looking for alternatives to boozy drinks during the holiday season. This seemed to me like the perfect in-between since it can be made plain for littles (or your guests who just aren't lush-y) but it can also be spiked with everything from creamy alcohols like Amarula to a little whiskey.

To each her own & her own traditions! Personally, I like sitting at the kid's table on this one.. but sometimes I up the cayenne for an extra little kick!

 
Mayan Hot Cocoa by The Nomadic Wife | Emilie Iggiotti Photography
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A hot chocolate that will please both little and not-so-little people at your party.

I wouldn’t go as far as saying it will replace dessert, because who wants to skip on that, but it just might considering how rich it is. This hot cuppa’ is sweet, slightly salty & just spiced enough that it brings a little something more to the mix then plain old hot cacao. You can choose to top it with whip or have kids add their own marshmallow mountain on top. The choice is yours.

 
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2 large mugs

2 C whole milk
1 C 35% cream
2 T raw cacao
½ t true cinnamon
A pinch of cayenne
A pinch of salt
Marshmallows for topping

5 mins prep + 5 mins boil

  1. Add milk and cream into a pot over medium heat, stir constantly until it begins to simmer.
  2. Add cacao, cinnamon, cayenne & salt.
  3. Continue stirring until it reaches a boil then remove from heat right away.
  4. Serve hot & top with marshmallows, whip or enjoy it plain!

WANT TO TRY SOME EASY HOLIDAY DISHES? CHECK OUT THESE EASY RECIPES:

Ratatouille

Ingredients

Makes 4 portion

5-6 fingerling potatoes, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 T coconut oil
1 medium eggplant, sliced
2 zucchini, sliced
1 t each: oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram
1 20 oz can diced tomato, crushed
Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

10 mins prep + 20 mins cook

Start with a large pot over medium-high heat
Add olive oil, garlic, onion, potato & carrots, cook until fragrant.
Next, add tomato, zucchini & eggplant along with your spices.
Mix once & reduce to a high simmer, you want it to be bubbling but not a roaring boil.
Cook for 20 minutes or so, and test by tasting one of the eggplants. If the eggplant is ready, then everything is ready.